When I designed Bellanina, I met with a Feng Shui Consultant to ensure that I had considered all of the “energetic” influences that would remind one, “it is time to relax and unwind,” as they walked into the Spa. Before you enter Bellanina, you walk past flower beds up a stone walkway and open a red door with a soft ‘tinkling’ chime. Greeted by a large sculpture of water flowing softly down a wall of river rocks, a flickering candle and a variety of plants, the ambiance reminds clients and employees that they have entered an environment that supports them in a way that is comforting and helps them to feel better. People are affected by their immediate surroundings. These “energetic” touches have a calming affect on their body, mind and spirit.
“Feng” literally means “wind” and “shui” means “water.” Modern usage of the words implies balance. The goal of Feng Shui is to achieve harmony, comfort, and balance, first in one’s environment and then in one’s life.
Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) is the Chinese philosophy, practice of, and spiritual approach to architecture and interior design and the placement of objects to help to harmonize these spaces. Feng Shui can be used to enhance your environment and has an impact on your physical and spiritual well-being. What better place to apply this ancient wisdom than a Spa?
When designing your Day Spa, always consider the flow of the building as one moves throughout the space. You want your clients to have places where they pause, reflect and gain personal insights. A day spa isn’t just about the service, but the experience as well. You want your clients to feel delight in the space first, and then feel so comfortable with their surroundings that they start to relax and unwind and begin to experience themselves at a deeper level. Going inward is what I want the clients to achieve at Bellanina.
My Feng Shui consultant and I designed a beautiful yet simple Zen garden, just outside the Quiet Zone (a waiting room) complete with bamboo, river rocks, a 700 pound black obsidian rock anchored in a sand garden, a water fountain and a Kwan Yin statute. These elements are very grounding and remind the clients, amidst their busy day, that it is time to pause and reflect and go inward. Their body is supported by a soothing, hands-on treatment; their mind takes pause and their spirit is replenished.
Nina Howard, ASID
Interior Designer & Spa Owner
Committee Member, Day Spa Association
Bellanina Day Spa
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